|Kindle // Entangled // Natalie Anderson|
Story: "Bargain in Bronze"
Summary: If you can't take the heat...
Entrepreneur Libby Harris's specialty is making her famous muesli. So when an Olympic hopeful invites her to his flat to make her delicious cereal, she's bewildered when his brother Jack walks in, accusing her of trying to ruin his brother's career. Libby has every intention of staying single, but with Jack around, no way can she suppress the personal pleasure she's long denied herself.
Investment banker extraordinaire Jack Barnes's attraction to Libby is instantaneous, but he's raised his two siblings after their parents died in an accident, and it's been all work and no play for as long as he can remember. He can't let down his guard now--not when his brother is so close to the gold. But keeping Libby busy and out of his brother's life challenges every ounce of his self-control.
Neither wants a relationship, and though they can't deny their incredible chemistry, Libby and Jack agree that what they have is temporary. So when things start to sizzle between them, will they be able to take the heat?
Review: I enjoyed this story, though everything about it was fast, fast and faster. Libby and Jack meet, insta-lust, okay. Libby changes her mind about having a fling with him, Jack changes his mind about whether or not she can be trusted, and then they're in bed together almost as often as she's making the muesli. I'll grant Anderson this however, while the word 'love' does appear, neither makes the mistake of thinking 'Forever love!'.
We didn't get to really know the characters. A lot of what we find out is either because they figure it out about each other (such as why Libby froze before a kitchen fire) or is told to us (Jack workaholic nature). As as result this was a quick read, but left me with a lot of questions.
Story: "Seduction in Silver"
Summary: A limited engagement...
For two weeks Nina Breslin had passed an enticing stranger when catching the Baker Street Tube to go to work. So utterly sexy, and enticingly foreign, she figures he's eons out of her league--until the day he makes an outrageous proposal.
Dr. Eduardo Ruiz needs a break from the heart-breaking reality of his job. So when he finally introduces himself to the vivacious woman he's been admiring, he quickly realizes they could help each other with their sticky situations...and have great fun in the process.
They agree to an outrageous plan. For one night only, she'll masquerade as his girlfriend to appease his overzealous family members, and he'll accompany her to meet with her ex-fiancé's friends, pretending to be her attentive lover. Can they play by their own rules, or will they succumb to the pull of seduction?
Review: This story definitely fared better by way of characterization, as least as far as Nina was concerned. Eduardo still came off as a bit of a 'too good to be true' guy for the most part. I appreciated that a lot of Nina's hang-ups weren't image related. Certainly her ex-fiance did a number on her, but her complaints were usually in relation to him, she never doubted anything Eduardo said to her. He said she was sexy--and she understood he meant it.
Eduardo...I can understand why he would be driven for results. His job is an emotionally draining one no matter how much you compartmentalize. The two of them fulfilled a need they both had for each other--not just sexually but also interpersonal wise. He needed to find someone to share his burdens with and she needed someone to make her remember she has a lot to offer. Definitely enjoyed this.
Story: "Gamble in Gold"
Summary: The one that got away...
Seven years have passed since shy Lexie Peterson had her heart trampled by her teenage crush. When she comes face to face with him in London, she vows to stay strong against his charms. But there's something about the man who has always made the impossible seem possible.
When Luke Marchetti walks into his flat to find Lexie in a negligee, all he can think of is having a little flirt and fling. But sweet, caring Lexie is all grown up now, and her determination to keep him at a distance makes him realize she deserves more than he can offer.
One kiss when they were younger ignited a passion that lasted seven long years. But is it enough to entice the two to take a gamble on love?
Review: I won't lie I find it hard to read stories with my name in them. I used to love finding books like that, but now its kind of weird. That said, it felt way too weird to read this as I had a crush named Luke at one time. So I passed on it?
Overall Review: The London Games played a back-drop to these stories, but had very little to do with them. The first one Jack's brother was an Olympic hopeful and the second one Nina was interested in the men's diving team (plus escaping the city before they began), but they weren't as integral as I thought they'd be. The first two stories at least are worth reading, and I'm sure the third is as well (just...weird for me, I know personal problem), plus the page counts are low (under 100 pages each) and the price is good ($2.99!), so why not give it a shot?